SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship;
TNF Ventures Pte Ltd
Shirley is a results-driven, determined business leader and entrepreneur that has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the IT & Technology industry. Currently, she is the Managing Partner of TNF Ventures Pte Ltd, a seed and early-stage venture fund that focuses on technology startups. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the management and operations of the BT Frontline group in Asia Pacific, where she led the professional services business for Cyber Security, Healthcare, and Applications Development. From 2013 to 2016, Shirley was the Chairman of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation, now known as SGTech.
Shirley co-founded Frontline Technologies in 1994 and was listed on the Singapore Exchange in March 2001. Under her stewardship, the company grew from a team of 8 to a 5000-strong workforce spread across 11 countries in Asia Pacific. Subsequently, the company was acquired by British Telecom Global Services in March 2008.
Since 2013, her focus shifted to investing in technology-based startups and mentoring startups while remaining keenly passionate about entrepreneurship and innovative technology to drive efficiencies. In the startup scene, she actively helps startups to secure funding and gain market access. In contributing back to the ecosystem, she has been appointed as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence to catalyze the creation of investor-ready startups by assisting Singapore Management University’s Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship to develop a world-class incubation programme.
Shirley was appointed Chairperson of the President’s Technology Award from 2017 to 2019. This award gives recognition to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions to R&D resulting in the invention or discovery of significant technology with industrial applications. She is also the Chairperson of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, a convening platform for young innovators and investors on Smart Cities Innovation in Asia.
Shirley serves on the board of Assurity Trusted Solutions, DSO National Laboratories, National Kidney Foundation, and Yellow Ribbon Singapore. She is currently a member of the CAAS authority committee member of the Cybersecurity and Data Governance Committee, the PDPA Advisory Board, and the SIA Engineering Technology Advisory Board. She previously served on the board of the Singapore Science Center, Infocomm Development Authority, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, and Accel Systems & Technologies. She is recognized as Singapore's 100 Women in Tech 2020 for contributing to the tech sector.